Asiana Airlines earned KRW41.26 billion ($45.4 million) in the first quarter ended March 31, a 28.9% rise over the year-ago period when it earned KRW32 billion. According to wire service reports, the higher net profit occurred despite a 4.1% decline in operating profit to KRW16.6 billion that the carrier attributed to a 37.6% jump in the price of fuel. Operating revenue grew 9.1% to KRW796 billion.

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